Dream job = ice cream flavor judge. Gelati Celesti just put out an open call for judges for its spring ice cream flavor contest and I want to know where to sign up. If you want to be in the running for this prestigious job, fill out an entry form at one of Gelati Celesti’s four locations by April 18. Must be available on the evening of April 25th for the spring tasting event.
The keyword here is new. ICYMI: Pop’s Market on Grace has new Saturday hours, now open 9 to 5. And Union Market just debuted its new spring/summer menu — that melon and prosciutto salad is calling my name — and its patio has a new look.
Get your game plan together, restaurant week is almost here. Meg mentioned Richmond Restaurant Week in last week’s What’s Happenin’ Wednesday, and we’re set to visit Laura Lee’s (also see: the RTD’s recent review of Laura Lee’s here)! More menus are now posted, so pick a spot and make your reservation(s) now.
That’s a lot of hardware. I speak for Meg and myself when I say how much we love reading content from Richmond’s super talented food writers. Richmond Magazine’s food editor Stephanie Breijo, took home all.of.the.awards. Cheers to local journalism! P.S. can we motion for an Instagram category, because this is a winner.
Explore Parts Unknown, to you. CNN is placing an emphasis on food with the launch of this beautiful new website for Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. Also if you love to travel, add Roads & Kingdoms to your bookmarks folder. Anthony Bourdain is the digital publication’s editor-in-chief.
Take note Virginia. Arizona’s legislature recently passed the Hunger-Free Students’ Bill of Rights Act requiring that all students have access to the same lunch and banning practices like trashing lunches that have been served to students who cannot pay. What a great step towards ensuring that kids can focus on things like learning, while they’re at school, instead of whether or not they’ll be publicly humiliated because of something they can’t control.
What to add to your calendar
It is almost Easter weekend, people! Even of you don’t celebrate the spiritual holiday, you can certainly enjoy and appreciate the spectacle that is Easter on Parade. Stroll down Monument Avenue from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday and look for the pet bonnet competition at 3 p.m. Also, this is your reminder to make Easter brunch reservations if you haven’t already.
Sunday supper at The Roosevelt. The Sunday supper pop up at The Roosevelt is back starting at 5 p.m. on April 30. This go-round the focus will be Asian street food and cocktails.
Classical music pairs well with cider. Tomorrow’s (Thursday) weather is looking beautiful for Classical Revolution RVA’s event, Haydn Where You Least Expect It. Enjoy the musicians of Classical Revolution RVA performing a string quartet by Franz Joseph Haydn, while sipping on cider.
Egg rolls (not the crispy kind) and Nuclear Nugget release. Saturday, Lickinghole Creek is hosting its Spring Farm Fest in addition to its Nuclear Nugget beer release. There will be tons of age appropriate activities for the kids and lots of beer for the adults. Festivities kick off at noon and run through 9 p.m.
Early bird gets the worm. Early bird tickets are now on sale for Side by Side’s (formerly ROSMY) spring fundraising event on May 6th at Tuckahoe Women’s Club. Side by Side is a great non-profit organization that is dedicated to creating supportive communities where Virginia’s LGBTQ+ youth can define themselves, belong, and flourish.